NASCAR waves green flag – manufacturer’s start production on parts, pieces for 2013 models

Based upon the final aerodynamic test results from July 18, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has announced that all four of its Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have met the necessary targets for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car. This represents another step forward in the new car process and means manufacturers can begin making parts and pieces for the new models.

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car is the result of more than two years of collaborative efforts between the manufacturers and NASCAR. With goals of enhancing product relevance, featuring race cars that more closely resemble their respective manufacturer models on the showroom floor, and building upon the highly competitive racing the series features, the roll out of the new car is highly anticipated by NASCAR fans.

The four new models – Chevrolet’s SS, Dodge’s Charger, Ford’s Fusion and Toyota’s Camry – will make their race debuts next February at Daytona International Speedway, with the first championship points event being the 55th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 24, 2013.

“We commend the manufacturers and our team at the R&D center on all the hard work they’ve put into this new car,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. “With all the designs and surface areas of the car now approved, manufacturers can now move forward with building the components needed to outfit their cars. The wind tunnel testing we’ve had with the manufacturers over the past several months has given us the timely and necessary data we needed to come to this confirmation. We believe the new car is going to be a milestone opportunity for our sport, one that our fans will embrace.”


K-Automotive Motorsports switching from Dodge to Chevy

Graphic courtesy of K-Automotive Motorsports

K-Automotive Motorsports is happy to announce that Brian Keselowski will be back on the track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup No.92 Chevrolet, at Michigan International Speedway, on Sunday, June 19, 2011.

Keselowski said in a recent statement: “Making the decision to leave Dodge and go with another manufacturer was a hard decision to make but as an owner I need to think of what is best for the team & the company and it’s what I need to do to try and make races to keep racing and pay the bills, so that is why I’ve made the switch. While I am not happy about parting ways with Dodge, I am looking forward to our new venture with Chevy. Maybe in the future I’ll be able to work with Dodge again but for right now, Chevy is the way we’ve chosen to go & I’m hopeful this will benefit all involved”.

K-Automotive Motorsports is also happy to announce the return of Melling Engine Parts as a proud sponsor for Keselowski’s No.92 Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway. The Melling’s family have a long history in NASCAR starting when owner, Harry Melling of Melling Tool, sponsored Benny Parsons in 1979. The team began in 1982 with driver Bill Elliott by sponsoring Elloitt’s #9 Ford that season. Throughout the years the Melling’s have endured the ups and downs of racing with various drivers and sponsors and ultimately closed it’s doors on their No.92 race team during the 2003 season and sold their shop to Arnold Motorsports.

Source: K-Automitve PR

Penske Racing and Shell unveil Kurt Busch’s No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge

Kurt Busch's 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge. Photo courtesy of Autostock/Penske Racing PR

Shell Oil Company (Shell) and Penske Corporation unveiled their 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge that Kurt Busch will pilot throughout the 2011 season.

As announced in April, Shell and Penske Corporation announced a multi-year cross-business alliance to begin with the 2011 racing season.